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Everything Slow & Minor Trade

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (reg. req.),

Needing a goalie for their top minor league affiliate, Anaheim acquired Hurme for Portland (AHL). Stepp, 23, will initially be assigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL), but he is then expected to join Chicago, the Thrashers' top affiliate. He has played for Portland and Augusta (ECHL) this season. General manager Don Waddell is pursuing other moves, although he said Wednesday nothing is imminent. The NHL trade deadline is next Thursday. "Everything is still pretty slow right now," said Waddell, who hopes to upgrade the Thrashers at center for the playoff push. "With so many teams in contention, no one is looking for draft picks or prospects. They want players to help them now."

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High Marks For Manny

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from Karl Samuelson of NHL.com,

The latest backup to join to this prime time group is Manny Legace of the Detroit Red Wings. Manny is an inspiration," says former NHL netminder Glenn "Chico" Resch, now color commentator on New Jersey Devils broadcasts. "There is no greater example of perseverance than Manny Legace when it comes to hanging in there, waiting and believing that he is a No. 1 goalie. It's tough if you don't come (into the league) with the tag of being a big-time goalie...."
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Avoid The ZUI

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from the Las Vegas Sun,

In his second season as the lone Zamboni driver for the Las Vegas Wranglers at the Orleans Arena, Costilis said maneuvering the big rig is most definitely an art. "The art is knowing how to control your fishtail," he said, "and controlling how much water you're laying down and how fast it freezes, and pretty much knowing the thickness of the ice ... conditions have to be perfect." ...The worst mistake you've seen? Someone drove way too fast on the straightaway at Addison and hit the brakes. The key with the Zamboni is, you don't hit the brakes. If you're hitting the brakes, you're done for. He slid into the boards, and the metal (sideboard) brace bent in. The whole glass came down. It was unbelievable. We called it a ZUI - Zamming Under the Influence.
much more...

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Modin Denied Request To Party In Sweden

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from the Tampa Tribune,

Modin called the Lightning from Turin on Sunday after Sweden's 3-2 victory against Finland and requested permission to attend the celebration, which drew thousands of cheering, flag-waving Swedes to a public square on Monday. He said he was the only Swedish player not to attend. "Obviously, I'm very disappointed not being able to go," Modin said. "I don't want to stir anything up. I asked if I could go and I couldn't go. Let's leave it at that."
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Kaspariatis Day-to-Day

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from Sherry Ross of the NY Daily News,

Add Darius Kaspariatis to the list of casualties from the Olympics. The Rangers defenseman suffered a fractured toe in the bronze-medal game against the Cezch Republic on Saturday and did not participate in yesterday's optional practice at the Rangers training facility in Greenburgh.
more on the Rangers...

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A Little Behind The Times

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from the UCLA Daily Bruin,

The National Hockey League leadership, starting at the top with Commisioner Gary Bettman, has never attempted to create a pro league that restricts violent body checking and promotes swift goal scoring. Critics have long called for Bettman and his cronies to change some of the rules so that the game can put the spotlight on wholesome competition rather than embarrassing bare-knuckle boxing fights on ice. NHL leadership will never change the lenient penalty for roughing or fighting (five minutes) because it thinks that is what the public wants to see.
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Sens Need To Get It Together

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

Exciting new ride opening at Disney World? Won't hold a match to the one up here for Ottawa Senators fans. So many games. So little time. The confidence they exuded back in the fall took a beating in the weeks leading up to the Turin Olympics. Injuries, a deflated power play, a faltering backup goalie and an inability to win tight games or beat strong teams had the Senators looking a little more than helter-skeltered.
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Fun To Watch Tim Thomas

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from Cam Neely of the Boston Bruins,

What do Birmingham, Houston, Finland, Providence and Sweden have in common? They are all places Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has played. Despite being a new face to many Bruins fans, Thomas is far from a rookie, and has had somewhat of a less-than-glamorous career. ...It's been really fun to watch him step up to the plate. You always like to see a player exceed expectations. It's also great to see him having fun. It's easy to take the job for granted, and let it become a grind even when you play sports for a living; it's easy to forget why you started playing in the first place, and unfortunately, that's when you seem to lose the most.
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Rumor- Flyers Looking At Tkachuk

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In an article from the Philly Burbs about the health outlook of Keith Primeau, a little trade rumor was mentioned-

Rumors are flying that the Flyers will go after Keith Tkachuk of St. Louis. But there is talk in Columbus that either David Vyborny, who played well for the Czech Republic in the Olympics, or Jan Hrdina could be headed this way.

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Surviving The Marathon

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL returned to action Tuesday after the 15-day Torino Olympic break. For teams from coast to coast, the next 50 days between Feb. 28 and the final regular season games on April 18 promise to be a blur. Teams will play anywhere between 23 to 26 games during this period, essentially one every other night. It is a schedule that will test the resolve of players, the depths of organizations and the wherewithal of coaches and their staffs, to say nothing of the training staffs who will have to patch together lineups every 48 hours or so.
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